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CONSTELLATIONS (Wilma): Love in the multiverse

“We have all the time we ever had.”

Lindsay Smiling, Kittson O’Neill, and Samantha Bowling, Photo credit: Mark Garvin.

INFORMED CONSENT (Lantern): A strange kind of ethics

The play has a compelling point to make about the diversity of truth and mutual respect, but in the end, it’s difficult to take the argument seriously.

Sam Fineman, Megan Edelman, and Amber Orion in AND THEN THERE WERE NONE at Allens Lane Theatre. Photo by Gerald Cyrus.

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (Allens Lane): This production of Agatha Christie’s classic stays close to the original

The real horror of Christie’s original ending sits in discord with the show’s campy beginning.

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LIZZIE (11th Hour): Lizzie Borden took an axe

This is what “stifled rage” sounds like. Not so stifled, but certainly enraged.

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Theater in Sketch: Chris Davis in ONE-MAN APOCALYPSE NOW

The setting is Vietnam and we are just waking up at the voice of Martin Sheen.

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Theater in Sketch: ENTER LAUGHING (Players Club of Swarthmore)

This meta-play within a play is clever and ridiculous.

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ENTER LAUGHING (Players Club of Swarthmore): Harvesting the humor in humiliation

Leave cynicism in the lobby and pick it up later

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[nyc] THE MIKADO (NYGASP): Same music, less yellow-face

A vibrant, three-hour clever and engaging tale accompanied by its many classic show-stopping musical numbers

Irina Varina, photo by Said Johnson.

NICE AND FRESH Returns with Josh McIlvain, Irina Varina, Steve Lippe, Evalina “Wally” Carbonell

Philadelphia’s best revue of new performing arts returns for another season January 13 and 14, 2017, at Moving Arts of Mount Airy.

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Philadelphia Theater Calendar January 2017

Wizard of Oz. November 8, 2016-January 9, 2017. Walnut Street Theatre. 825 Walnut Street. $20-$95. walnutstreettheatre.org. One-Man Apocalypse Now by Chris Davis. January 11-18, 2017. Beard Cave at St. Mary’s Church, 3916 Locust Walk. $20….

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Pantomine in Sketch: SLEEPING BEAUTY (People’s Light)

Sleeping Beauty the Musical Panto by Peter Pryor and Samantha Reading expresses an ageless story. It is an artistic exploration into space, time, and sound.

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WILDE TALES (Quintessence): Where the WILDE things are

Oscar Wilde once wrote to a friend that his two books of fairy tales were intended “partly for children and partly for those who have kept the childlike faculties of…

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BORTLE 8 (Tiny Dynamite): Set the controls for the heart of darkness

Chris Davis’s imaginative one-man play gets a deservedly professional staging as part of Tiny Dynamite’s A Play, A Pie, and A Pint series

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THE CAROLS (1812 Productions): Ghost of past holiday movies brought to comic life

A great entertainment present for Philly’s Christmas present.

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All the Holiday Favorites (and then some)

This year, all the beloved holiday classics are coming to Chestnut Hill with Casabuena Cultural Productions’ Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some).

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Amanda Palmer meets Lizzie Borden

The NYC-based producers of an Amanda Palmer musical welcome cast members from 11th Hour Theater Company’s Lizzie for a one-night-only collaboration.

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THIS WONDERFUL LIFE (Act II): Every time a bell rings…

Tony Braithwaite re-enacts a holiday film classic in Act II Playhouse’s THIS WONDERFUL LIFE.

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Welsh Christmas in Philadelphia: Interview with the cast of Walnut Street Theatre’s A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES

A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES: Interview with Aaron Cromie, Scott Greer, Maggie Lakes, Matthew Mastronardi, and Amanda Jill Robinson

Akeem Davis as Bartram. Photo by Ashley LaBonde, Wide Eyed Studios.

ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL (PAC): A mingled web well woven

PAC’s current production confirms its reputation as the best adaptor of classic works.

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A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD (Arden Children’s Theatre): Another year with frog and toad

The simple tricks of the stage awe an audience of CGI-era children, showing that even something as normal as friendship can be magic.